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Missing Barrow storm dog 'miracle'

THE heart-warming tale of a Barrow dog who survived a terrifying ordeal after going missing in last week’s storms has become an internet sensation.

Thousands of pet lovers joined an online campaign to find Patch the dog after she disappeared from South End Caravan Park on Walney last Monday after being attacked by another dog.

Her owners, John and Monica Tomkinson, became even more concerned for her safety when storms and high winds battered the island on Wednesday night.

Mrs Tomkinson said: “It was dreadful. We didn’t know how badly injured she was and we weren’t sure which direction she’d gone in.”

As the weather worsened, and the search became more frantic, an army of volunteers mobilised to help search the area, while well wishers posted messages of support on the “Please find Patch” Facebook page.

Mr Tomkinson said: “One lad was there from six in the morning looking for her. We don’t even know who he was. They were out in the storms and I was getting just as worried about them as I was about Patch.”

Patch was eventually found in an abandoned outbuilding on the caravan park on Thursday.

The area had been already been searched several times, adding to the mystery of where she had gone during her three day adventure.

Mrs Tomkinson said: “Her hair has gone curly so we know she was out in the rain. She’s a bit smelly but she’s all right. She was just sitting there so full of love and happy to be home and we were all crying. People have been saying it should be made into a book or a film.”

The Tomkinsons, originally from Chester Street, Barrow, have moved back to the area after living in Alicante, Spain; and Mrs Tomkinson said the incident had confirmed they had made the right decision.

“We’ve talked about it and we love the community out on Walney,” she said.

Patch was treated for puncture wounds and, despite some weight loss, is expected to make a full recovery.

Mrs Tomkinson said: “We’ve had messages from Germany, Canada and Australia and people have sent photos of their pets saying ‘welcome home Patch’.

“So many people came and searched and sent messages, I need a secretary now to answer all the fan mail.”

Have your say

This story just goes to show the power of social media and restores your faith in human nature. On behalf of animal lovers everywhere, thank you to all those who joined in the search for Patch; what a wonderful outcome

Posted by Pamela Holt on 19 February 2014 at 15:42

such wonderful news I was one that went out looking and how wonderful too to show how many came together to find Patch xx

Posted by maureen mason on 19 February 2014 at 10:00

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